My name is Caitlin Sparling and I am studying a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy.
Sports/Societies: Badminton and Occupational Therapy
What has been the highlight of your time at QMU so far?
I have really enjoyed living in halls, particularly this year as I am living with some of my best friends. I love how easy living in halls makes it to get into class in the morning. I have a health condition which impacts my energy levels and it is a relief knowing I can make it to class even on my bad days. The support at QMU has been absolutely outstanding. The disability services were the best I have ever had as the staff made it so easy to ask for support and they were able to give brilliant advice. I also think my personal tutor and my other lecturers are very approachable and have gone out of their way to support me.
What is the one thing you wish you knew before coming to university at QMU?
I wish I had known about all of the societies and support services available at QMU. The society taster sessions in particular are a great way of making friends and starting to settle in to university life. The Students’ Union, Student Services, Reslife and the LRC offer loads of advice and support, from helping you with written work to managing your finances and running social events for those who live on campus.
What is your favourite thing about being an ambassador for QMU?
I really enjoy talking to prospective students about what QMU has to offer because I honestly think it is a brilliant place to study. I also enjoy being able to help students by answering any questions they have about student life at QMU. Being a student ambassador also provides opportunities to develop public speaking, communication and networking skills which are really beneficial for when I go on placements and start work.
"The disability services were the best I have ever had as the staff made it so easy to ask for support and they were able to give brilliant advice."